Philosophy

From the early days of the practice we realised that the best designs emerge from close collaboration between the creative design professions involved in projects and the active support of our clients.

This remains as true today as it was in 1974, though it is not widely understood in the construction industry. We successfully maintain a traditional professional approach to our work and the service we provide to our clients. This places great demands on every one of our staff.

All of our design work and advice starts with a thorough and detailed understanding of the brief, the project constraints and related issues. We research sites and buildings. We understand their evolution, context and history. We draw on that understanding to inform our professional work. Our knowledge base, which we energetically develop and maintain is available to enrich our work and stimulate new ideas. We maintain a communication and recording system within the office that ensures relevant knowledge is shared on all of our projects for the benefit of our clients. The Partners and Directors are fully involved across the complete range of our work as a result. We are keen that common sense prevails and are wary of over-clever willful solutions just because “one can”.

We operate a training scheme for our graduates alongside a programme of continuous development of our experienced professionals.